Shu Lea Cheang's "Moving Forest": Upending Status Quo with Experimental Art
Release Date: 6/19/2012
Shu Lea, a former Deep Dish TV producer and current boundary-pushing artist, will present the second edition of Moving Forest this summer in London, during the Olympics. The work combines performance, space, sonic landscapes and community organizing to form a 12-hour, 12-act experience that explores the themes of hegemony, subjectivity, cultural identity and revolt. The Summer School of Revolt will host two weeks of performances, workshops, and meetings to shed light on the financial crisis in Europe. It will culminate in a 12-hour interpretation of the last 12 minutes of Japanese film director Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, itself an adaptation of Macbeth. City space will be transformed into performance space, as new interpretations of British cultural identity clash with the celebrations of "traditional" Britishness that will likely be a centerpiece of the London Olympics. The project still needs money to build their set; you can find their IndieGoGo page here.
AKA the CASTLE
A twelve day prelude moving across the city; a twelve-hour sound art opera of betrayal and rebellion culminating in a spectacular series of disturbing performances in Chelsea College of Art Parade Ground; a one-day coda of debate.
Moving Forest expands the last 12 minute of Kurosawa's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, 'Throne of Blood' (1957), into a sonic performance saga with a prelude of 12 days, a durational performance of 6 acts in 12 hours and a closing Coda for the sake of argument.
First presented at Transmediale.08. Berlin 2008, Moving Forest London maps an imaginary castle and a camouflaged forest revolt onto the hyper-playground of the London metropolis on the eve of Olympics 2012. Presented by a temporarily assembled troupe AKA the castle, Moving Forest brings together diverse visual/sonic/electronic/digital/ performance artists along with writers, walkers, coders, hackers, mobile agents, twitters, networkers and the general public to realize a contemporary version of a classic play. Making use of all media, the acts elaborate operatic manoeuvres into an escalating scheme of conspiracy and its contemporaneous political manifestations. The camouflage tree branches of Birnam Wood are electronically updated with contemporary forms of stealth and insurrection. Armed with signals and slogans, the Moving Forest forces an entry into the Castle. A final merging of forest and castle occurs during a moment of downfall, jubilation and loss.
June 22 - July 3 , 12 day prelude (London citywide and on the net)
July 4, 6 acts 12 hour performance
[act0 - omen] 9-11am (Furtherfield, Finsbury Park)
[act1 - remorse] 11am-1pm (Triangle Space, CCAD)
[act2 - betrayal] 1pm-3pm (Triangle Space, CCAD)
[act3 - overthrow] 3pm-5pm (Triangle Space, CCAD)
[act4 - insurgency] 5pm-8pm (The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at CCAD)
[act5 - eternal return] 8pm-9pm (The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at CCAD)
July 5, 12 - 6pm , workshop/coda (Triangle Space, CCAD)
*CCAD- Chelsea College of Art and Design
Moving Forest 2012 London
AKA the castle (in formation)
The Militant City (Isaac Marrero-Guillamón), MzTEK, labofii (John Jordan), street training (Lottie Child), Summer School of Revolt, Marc Widmer, Jonas Öhrström, Patric Kaufmann, The Hexists, Laura Oldfield Ford, Marco Donnarumma , Linda Dement, Francesca da Rimini, Valentina Vuksic, Olsen Wolf, Kaffe Matthews, xname, Ewa Justka, Anat Ben-David, Bioni samp, Vasco Alves, YoHa, Stephen Fortune, Clifford Hammett, Alexandra Sofie Joensson, Tom Keene, Kendra Jones, Ashlee Renz-Hotz, Amanda Thickpenny, Ophelia Bellio, Dena Rysdam Miller, AUDiNT (Toby Heys and Steve Goodman).
TAKE2030 (Ilze Black and Shu Lea Cheang)
Matthew Fuller (Center for Cultural studies, Goldsmiths College)
Graham Harwood (MA Interactive Media, Goldsmiths College)
Rachel Baker (irational.org)
Moving Forest workshop/coda
David Garcia , Dean of CCW (Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon) Graduate School
Matthew Fuller, Reader in Digital Media, Goldsmiths College,
Josephine Berry Slater, editor of Mute magazine
John Cunningham, writer and participant in Full Unemployment
Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
Interactive Media Lab, Goldsmiths, University of London
Graduate School, CCW, University of the Arts London
Wimbledon College of Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Queen Mary, University of London
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